Black Knight 1 Satellite

Black Knight 1
Black Knight 1
Black Knight 1
Name Black Knight 1 (BK 1)
Spacecraft type CubeSat
Units or mass 1U
Status Reentry 2015-07-16. No signal
Launched 2013-11-20
NORAD ID 39398
Deployer P-POD (Poly-Picosatellite Orbital Deployer)
Launcher Minotaur I
Organisation West Point Military Academy
Institution University
Entity Academic / Education
Country US
Launch brokerer Tyvak, ?

Educational training for space systems engineering and camera payload.

  • Develop a low cost experimental spacecraft with experimental and operational significance.
  • Educate future Army leaders on a wide range of space related topics in order to develop more "space savvy" junior leaders.
  • Build a solid foundation for satelltie development at West Point in order to expand into more advanced spacecraft projects in the future.
  • Test a passive two-axis attitude control system as well as an Earth imaging camera.
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Photo sources [1]
COTS subsystems
  • PLATFORM - Pumpkin
Subsystems sources [1]
On the same launch

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